Pre-arrival services are free online programs for people who have been approved to immigrate to Canada. They offer information to better understand life in Canada, how to find a job, and how to access other free settlement services when you arrive in Canada.
List of pre-arrival services:
Planning for Canada: Gives access to information, resources, and contacts to help you and your family succeed in the Canadian workplace and community.
Active Engagement and Integration Program: Provides One-on-One employment and settlement guidance, Pre-arrival action plans tailored to your personalized needs, workshops and resources.
Live and Learn: English Online’s centralized access point for settlement information and language learning options for newcomers to Manitoba.
Settlement Online Pre-Arrival: Is a network of Canadian agencies delivering pre-arrival support designed to help newcomers find and retain employment in Canada.
Accueil francophone: Provides initial entry and settlement services to all French-speaking immigrants and refugees in Manitoba.
Collect and bring to Canada all official documents belonging to you and the family members who are immigrating with you.
Common documents include:
Make photocopies of all these types of documents, in case the originals get lost. Be sure to keep the photocopies in a separate place from the originals. If the original documents are not in English or French, you will need to obtain certified translations.
Depending on the port of entry (city you first arrive at), the time for the landing procedures might vary. newcomers destined to another city in Canada are reminded to ensure that your transit time is sufficient.
You will receive a paper customs declaration form (CBSA Declaration Card) to fill out during your flight. After you get off the plane, follow the directions to Arrivals and Customs.
When you are at Customs, there will be lines for Canadian citizens and non-Canadian citizens. Make sure you get in the appropriate line. You will be asked to report to an Immigration Officer for an Immigration interview and PR card processing.
Documents you need for the Immigration interview:
It is important to keep your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) document. You may need this document to apply for certain programs and benefits in the future. After the Immigration interview, you can proceed to collect your luggage.
Important: There are new regulations for those travelling to Canada including a mandatory quarantine requirement. For more information, please click here
Usually many new immigrants and newcomers arrive in Winnipeg. After completing the landing procedures in other airports of entry which is approximately 2.5 hours drive to Brandon.
If you arrive at the Winnipeg Airport, currently there isn’t public transportation from Winnipeg to Brandon, and vice versa. The best ways to get to Brandon are through a car rental or the Brandon Air Shuttle.
Make sure to contact them before booking in case they have any Covid-19 restrictions, and are unable to provide their services.
If you arrive at the Brandon Municipal Airport, you can call one of the taxi companies in Brandon to get to your accommodation.
Ride Sharing apps
Plan where you will stay during your first days in Canada. Ensure you do some research on where you want to reside for the longer term before committing to a lease. (Westman Immigrant Services can assist you to look for housing)
You will need to prepare according to the season. If you are arriving in Brandon in winter or fall, you will want to ensure you have appropriate clothing to protect you and keep you warm. While there are lots of options available in the city for you to purchase, it is important to think about what you will wear during your initial arrival.
If you are driving in the winter, you must be extra careful because the roads can be icy and slippery.
Winter: November to March
Spring: April to May
Summer: June to August
Autumn: September to October
Before coming to Canada, it is a good idea to change some money from your country of origin into Canadian dollars. This way, you will be able to pay for things you will need right away, including transportation and food. You can also exchange money after you arrive.
You can bring money into Canada in the form of:
Brandon is a multicultural welcoming community. The city boasts amenities, services, educational and employment opportunities generally found in much larger centres yet has a maximum in city commute of 12 minutes.
A low crime rate, diversified economy, stable housing market, student oriented education system, abundant recreational and cultural opportunities create an enviable quality of life for our residents.
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Cost of living
Manitoba as a whole remains one of the most affordable provinces in Canada to live in. Below you can see an estimate of the living costs in Brandon (Source: Brandon Economic Development)
You can find a wide range of housing: Apartments, suites or rooms, single-family homes, mobile homes, senior independent living accommodations, personal care homes, and student housing.
Buying a house
The average cost of a house is $ 292,024. This price would purchase an average home ranging 900–1600 square feet, 2-4 bedrooms in the city or within a 30 minute drive.
The following costs are average only, actual cost is based on consumption.
Brandon’s urban extension is compact, this makes the access to public transport ideal. You can get around the city with ease.
Brandon Transit Fares (Monthly rate)
Costs associated with owning a vehicle
Like many countries, Canada adds sales taxes to many of the goods and services you buy. In Manitoba, the added taxes when you pay are:
Pay cheque deductions
For most jobs in Canada, your employer will remove some money from your pay cheque. This is called a deduction. Pay cheque deductions can reduce your pay by as much as 25% to 35%. The money from these deductions usually pays for:
Your pay cheque will show how much money has been deducted for each item. The total amount of your pay cheque before deductions is your gross income. The amount you get to keep is your net income or take-home pay.
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